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4 Unique Animal Cafes You Have To Experience In Tokyo


Athirah A •  Jan 12, 2016


With the emergence of many cat cafes around the region, cat lovers can now rejoice as they can have their coffee while cuddling cats! Cats and coffee = perfect! But what if you are allergic to cats, i.e allergic to their fur? What if you but do not have the time to commit to take care of pets but would like to get up close and personal with them? Did you know that in Tokyo, there are at least 4 different types of animal cafes? Let me show you 4 unique animal cafes that you definitely have to visit when you’re there!
Credit: giphy Animal lovers! Did I just catch your attention?

1. Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe in Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan)

If you would like to interact with some farm animals, this goat café would be great for you! Tucked in a corner street in Tokyo, meet the two female goats, Sakura and Shokola! These two adorable goats will certainly melt your heart! You can feed them, take pictures with them, and even take them for a walk for free! Simply inform the staff and they would be happy to assist you. Goat themed snacks are also available at this café.
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Meet the star of the café! Sakura and Shokola!
Meet the star of the café! Sakura and Shokola![/caption] Credit: tokyogirlsupdate [caption id="attachment_4817" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]
Interior of café
Interior of café[/caption] Credit: Sakuragaoka Cafe [caption id="attachment_4815" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]
Feeding time!
Feeding time![/caption] Credit: tofugu Who says you have to be at a farm to interact with goats? Do visit this café if you are looking for something different!
Credit: giphyOpening hours (This café has block timings): Morning Time: 8am – 11:30am Lunch Time: 11:30 am – 15:00 (11:30am – 3:00pm) Idle Time: 15:00 – 17:30 (3:00pm – 5:30pm) Dinner Time: 17:30 – 23:00 (5:30pm – 11:00pm) Midnight Time: 23:00 – 28:00 (11:00pm – 4:00am) Address: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Sakuragaoka-cho 23-3 Shinoda Building 1F Subway: 7 min walk from Shibuya Station, Hachiko Exit. Price: Drink starts from 400 JPY. Note: Smoking is allowed in the café. Hence there is a NO non-smoking area. You might want to take this café as a side visit if you are around the area, or just to experience walking the goats (Yes, you may walk the goats!) Also, this café serves alcohol and pork. The goats are situated outside and it wouldn’t be a problem for you to come and pay them a visit.

2. Fukuro Sabo Owl Café (At Kokubunji)

Ever dreamt of holding an owl just like in Harry Potter? Behold! Your Harry Potter fantasy of holding an owl can come true!
Credit: giphy This unique café in Tokyo has an array of adorable owls! YES OWLS! For a small fee (depending of which owl species you would like to hold) you can pet the owl and even hold an owl on your arm! Not to worry, the staff would provide you gloves and help to teach you how to pet the owl. Prices starts from 300 JPY It is definitely affordable and worth the experience! The owls roam free while the staff is cleaning the cages so expect some letter delivering going on just like in Harry potter! I’m kidding! But hey, wouldn’t it be cool to see an actual owl fly. Definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss! [caption id="attachment_4865" align="aligncenter" width="900"]
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Look at these adorable owls![/caption] Credit: aschnabelblog [caption id="attachment_4867" align="aligncenter" width="911"]
Prices of the owl holding ( varies from species to species)
Prices of the owl holding ( varies from species to species)[/caption] Credit: aschnabelblogOpening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sat - Sun: 11:00am - 7:00pm, closed Tues, Thurs Address: 3-15-1 Higashimotomachi, Kokubunji, Tokyo Subway: 10 minutes walk from Kokubunji ​station, Directions: To get there, head out the South Exit of Kokubunji Station, and walk down the road that is between a Mos Burger and a Matsuya beef bowl shop. Take the third small road on your left, you’ll walk past a post office on your left, continue straight and the road will go down a hill. Keep walking downhill, past the creek until you reach a T intersection, turn right and Fukuro Sabo will be on your right shortly. Price: Drinks starts around 500 JPY and with that, you can stay in the café for an unlimited time. However, holding an owl requires an additional price and prices starts from 300JPY (depending on which species you would like to hold.) There will be a brochure for you to pick which owl you would like to hold. All you have to do is to show which owl you would like to hold to the staff there. Note: Alcohol is served in this café.

3. Ra.a.g.f Harajuku Rabbit Café

I must admit, I am a bunny lover. And when I found out that Japan has rabbit cafes, I was “hopping” with delight! This is every rabbit lover’s dream! Rabbits are such adorable creatures! In the café, you’ll be greeted with many rabbits in cages, just dying for you to play with them! However, only one rabbit is allowed to roam around the café. This is to prevent them from mating.
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Entrance of the café![/caption] Credit: carlycarbonate [caption id="attachment_4870" align="alignnone" width="1000"]
Cute bunnies that entertain you while you are sipping your coffee in a cosy ambience.
Cute bunnies that entertain you while you are sipping your coffee in a cosy ambience.[/caption] Credit: carlycarbonate [caption id="attachment_4871" align="alignnone" width="1000"]
Rabbits waiting to be loved.
Rabbits waiting to be loved.[/caption] Credit: carlycarbonate [caption id="attachment_4814" align="aligncenter" width="900"]
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Please play with us!
Please play with us![/caption] Credit: raagf Have a hopping good time to interact with these adorable rabbits! You surely can’t miss this if you are in Shibuya! Address: 150-0001 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 6-14-15 Maison Harajuku 3F Opening hours: Weekdays 12:00 to 19:30 (last visiting 19:00) Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 11:00 to 20:00 (last visiting 19:30) Closed: every Friday Nearest station:Meiji Jingumae (A7 about 5 minutes’ walk from the exit) Price: Entrance fee (30 minutes in the café) is 700JPY with a free drink. Feeding the rabbit starts from 150JPY. Website:http://raagf.com/ (in Japanese, use google translator to read) Note: Only 5-6 guests are allowed in the café each time, so it’s best that you come early or book a reservation on their website!

4. Kotori Café (Bird café)

Bird lovers! Fancy going to a café that is adorned with bird motifs, bird themed food, hardware and ACTUAL BIRDS? Then this cosy bird café is perfect for you! Sip your coffee and enjoy a nice company and view of birds. This is because the birds are kept in a transparent glass area where you can watch them feed, play, groom and fly! They have over twenty birds on display such as canaries, lovebirds, and cockatiels. This café provides an option of either an indoor or terrace for your dining so you can choose where you would like to view the birds! There is also a Fumofu experience room (bird experience) whereby you can enter the bird enclosure for about 5 minutes to hold and pat the birds there! How cute is that!
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Exterior of café
Exterior of café[/caption] Credit: kotoricafe [caption id="attachment_4872" align="alignnone" width="960"]
Feeding time!
Feeding time![/caption] Credit: kotoricafe [caption id="attachment_4874" align="alignnone" width="960"]
The adorable birds at the café!
The adorable birds at the café![/caption] Credit: kotoricafe [caption id="attachment_4875" align="alignnone" width="960"]
How cute are they!!!
How cute are they!!![/caption] Credit: kotoricafe [caption id="attachment_4877" align="alignnone" width="960"]
Your chance to get upclose with the birds!
Your chance to get upclose with the birds![/caption] Credit: kotoricafe [caption id="attachment_4876" align="alignnone" width="960"]
Some bird-themed souvenirs for sale!
Some bird-themed souvenirs for sale![/caption] Credit: kotoricafe Before you leave the café, remember to get some adorable bird themed souvenirs as a memento! Opening hours: 11am – 7pm *Note: closed on third Tuesday (and the following day if a national holiday) Address: Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Minami-Aoyama 6-3-7 Subway: 15-minute walk from Kichijoji Station. Take the JR Chuo Line to Mitaka station, about 20 minutes train ride west of Shinjuku. Follow the signs towards the Ghibli shuttle bus, located near the south exit. You can catch the shuttle bus until the Ghibli Museum stop. Website:http://kotoricafe.jp/ (in Japanese, use google translator to read) Price: Drinks starts from 800 JPY. (They are all served in an adorable bird theme cups!) There is a one-hour time limit at the cafe, and if you want to enjoy a five-minute hands-on session with the birds, it will cost another ¥500. Inform the staff that you would like to play with the birds and they will explain the shop’s rules and show you (in Japanese only) how to handle and gently play with the birds for your own safety. Note: Alcohol is not served in this café. In addition, up to 3 persons are allowed for the bird experience for each given session (five minutes per session) Be sure to visit these animal cafes when you visit Japan! It’s something unique that you should definitely experience!